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This Week in Drinking

All the Seattle news that’s fit to drink for the week of November 30th

December 4, 2009

This Saturday, December 5th is Repeal Day, the date commemorating the end of prohibition, when the 18th amendment was repealed and booze came back, baby. (Not that it ever really went anywhere.)

As far as I know, the only place making a big deal out of it is Vessel. No matter, there are many unofficial ways to commemorate this important date in history, the end of the so-called dry years.

Hey speaking of stupid restrictions on booze sales, did you know that we were this close to living the dream, but once again the WSLCB has stepped in to bring sadness where once there was joy? Techflash reports that the city has rejected the liquor license application of Karim Varela, whose booze-delivery company i-booze recently moved from Bellevue to Seattle. Varela has also been charged with two alcohol-sales related misdemeanors. If you’re a fan of the concept (and who wouldn’t be?), Varela says, contact the LCB and voice your support. [TF]

In happier news, The Stranger’s Bethany Jean Clement puts her stamp of approval on the drinks at the Living Room Bar. [S]

Meanwhile, Maggie Savarino at Seattle Weekly suggests you attend Winter Beerfest this weekend (December 4th and 5th) at Hale’s Palladium. “It’s like a barn dance,” she writes, “but with far, far superior alcohol.” [SW]

Finally, a tardy-to-the-party article the New York Times announces the “return” of rum. Bartenders who were once too “snotty” for rum talk about how they are loving it again. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions, however, you should know that in Seattle, rum never went nowhere. You should also be aware of the wonderful things Erik Carlson at Moshi Moshi is doing with it over in Ballard. [NYT]

Have an excellent weekend and if you’re drinking on Saturday, remember to give thanks that you aren’t drinking blindness-inducing moonshine out of someone’s dirty bathtub. Cheers.

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